Football season is once again about to kickoff. Minnie is a self proclaimed “football widow”. However, even when you are at Walt Disney World you don’t want to miss your team taking the field on a Sunday (or Monday or Thursday).
ESPN is thankfully under the Disney umbrella. So, sports fans have no fear you do have a safe haven. The ESPN Club on Disney’s Boardwalk is not your average sports bar. Walking in you are almost slipping into sensory overload by all the TV screens, arcade games, and memorbilia. Don’t worry this is very much a family friendly hangout for fans of all sports.
The spacious bar area has several TV screens hanging around the bar so you can see the game from any angle. They also have booths along the wood paneled walls each with a personal TV screen. If you opt for the dining room. You will be front and center with a huge flat screen TV behind a broadcast desk used by Mike & Mike. The dining room also has several smaller screens hanging from the ceiling so you are never turning your head to see the game. If you are lucky enough you can sit in two leather recliners that are right in front of the big screen.
Don’t fret if you have had too many pints and need to use the restroom. They even have TV’s at each stall so you never miss a touchdown pass or a bad call.
They also boast a very comprehensive menu to go along with the outstanding atmosphere. You can get your familiar bar favorites such as wings, chili, pulled pork, and steak. However, they do have some kicked up burgers. Such as the Oktober-Feast-Burger. Which has a potato pancake, sausage patty, smoked bacon, sauerkraut, and beer infused mustard sauce. If you are a bit more adventurous, you can try the PB&J burger. It has an angus patty topped with jalapenos, bacon, creamy peanut butter, and jelly on a toasted bun.
One word of warning, if you are going during a major sporting event. Make sure you get there at least an hour before game time. They do not accept reservations or priority call ahead seating. So if the Browns and Steelers are playing for instance. You might want to get there very early. You don’t want to miss the Browns bring home a big win!
On a side note, I love to wear my hometown jerseys around the parks. Once I had my Browns jersey on and I was shopping in one of the stores on Main Street U.S.A. One of the cast members working there came up to me and asked if I was from Ohio. I said yes and she was also. We had a great time talking about the Browns and Ohio in general. It is also fun to interact with fans of other teams while walking around the parks. It has always been good humored fun in my experience. Just one more way you feel welcomed amongst friends while at Walt Disney World.
So pull out your favorite jersey and wear it proudly. You are never too far from cheering on your hometown team.
Keith was born and raised in Northeast Ohio.He now lives with his wife a few miles from his childhood home. His first trip to the Magic Kingdom was at the age of two and while the only memories are in pictures, the magic laid dormant within him. Until he saw the animated movie Robin Hood, and his love began to grow. He has always had an interest in food and the togetherness it brings. He became a classically trained chef and all around foodie. His last trip to Disney World was in 2011 and he has been learning, researching, and keeping up on all things Disney since. He hopes to bring you all of the food news from the parks, tips on how to save money on food, and all the tastes and smells from the House of Mouse (especially when smell o vision is invented). You can follow Keith on Twitter @DarthChef79.